Presented on Monday, November 29 in Hamilton Hall on the Elmira College Campus. Mark Twain has been dead for one hundred years now although you would hardly notice it. Academics frequently gather at scholarly conferences and argue about Twain's life, legacy, and literature. A recent search on Google resulted in 22 million hit under half a second - 18 million more than Walt Whitman and 19 more than Ernest Hemingway. Twain even has a new publication coming out in November 2010. It seems as though it is a Mark Twain world, an observation Twain would endorse (but only if he were generously compensated). Join Laura Skandera Trombley as she shares her thoughts about Mark Twain's determined efforts at legacy making, his long-lived cultural popularity, and despite a century of examination how the person-persona still remains a mysterious stranger.
Laura Skandera Trombley is former president of Pitzer College and the Huntington Library. She is the author of Mark Twain in The Company of Women (1994), Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years (2010); and the co-editor of Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship (2011).